In a newly released survey of 951 Delaware voters, 68 percent were in favor of changing the current law to make possession of up to an ounce of weed a civil offense, punishable by a fine of up to $100 instead. Possession is currently a criminal charge punishable by a fine of up to $1,150 and up to six months in jail. Only 26 percent of voters oppose such a change in the pot possession law.
Fifty-one percent of Delaware voters also favor recreational legalization modeled after Colorado and Washington, with 42 percent of respondents opposed. Sixty-four percent of voters support medical marijuana – already legal in Delaware – with 28 percent in opposition.
Breaking down the results demographically, 80 percent of Democrats advocate replacing jail with a fine for simple possession, compared with 51 percent of Republicans. The support drops considerably for legalizing recreational weed – 61 percent of Democrats and only 36 percent of Republicans.
Women are much more likely to support medical pot (64 percent) than recreational cannabis (48 percent), while a majority of males support both (65 percent for medical, 54 percent for recreational). The figures are close when it comes to the decrim proposal – 68 percent of males, and 67 percent of females are in favor.